The nightingale of India and one of the most soothing yet melodious voices to come out of Bollywood, veteran singer Lata Mangeshkar has fans world over praying for her speedy recovery. Earlier this week, the artist’s deteriorating health made headlines as soon as she was rushed to the hospital. She was admitted in the Intensive Care Unit of the Breach Candy Hospital in the wee hours of Monday morning after complaining of breathing difficulties. New reports claim that the 90-year-old musician is not back home - contrary to previous ones - and is still hospitalised and on the ventilator. However, she is thankfully out of danger and her condition is slowly but gradually improving.
"She is critical but improving. She is still in the ICU and on the ventilator. It will take some time for her to recover," a hospital insider informed PTI. He added that Dr Patit Samdhani is treating her. India Today also spoke to Lata’s niece Rachana for more clarity on the matter. Asking everyone to respect the family's need for privacy, she said, "We have admitted Lata Ji to keep her comfortable and she is better than last night. In a matter of 3-4 days, she will be absolutely fine. Her condition is stable, and on the path to recovery."
The music icon's PR team reiterated that Lata was "stable" too. On the same note, Lata’s manager and family members thanked everyone for their continuous support, concern and prayers. "Lata ji is stable and much better. Thank you very much for your prayers. We are awaiting her to be at her best so she can be home soon. Thank you for being with us and respecting our privacy," read a statement from her team. In her seven-decade career, Mangeshkar has sung over 30,000 songs across languages. She is considered one of the greatest playback singers in Indian cinema and received the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honour, in 2001. Her last complete Hindi album was for the late filmmaker Yash Chopra-directed 2004 film Veer-Zaara.